The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is brand’s new compact crossover designed to split the difference between the Outlander Sport and the mid-size Outlander. The model debuted at the last Geneva Auto Show and uses the name of the Eclipse coupe that was discontinued in 2011. Two models share nothing more than the name and on the paper the new Eclipse Cross is the soft roader. The model boasts expressive styling previewed by the 2013 XR-PHEV concept model and has modern interior equipped with the latest tech and convenience features. The power will come from the new turbocharged engine and Mitsubishi will also offer the diesel version for the selected markets.
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Design
From the visual stand point, the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a more design-focused model than brand’s other crossovers but they obviously share company’s familiar designed language. The model has the angular nose with brand’s dynamic shield theme and modern-looking headlights.
The profile has angular bodywork expressed with the rising shoulder line and sloping roof. The steeply raked rear window combined with the chunky spoiler adds the dose of the coupe-like style. The model also has interesting taillights setup and the liftgate comes with the two separate glass sections.
Dimensionally, the Eclipse Cross ride on the same 105.1-inch wheelbase as the Outlander Sport and Outlander while slots between these two with 173.4 inches in the length.
Inside, the Eclipse Cross is the step forward compared to Outlanders. The model boasts modern interior design and new infotainment platform. The Eclipse Cross includes the tablet-like center display and also has touchpad controller alongside the head-up display. The infotainment system supports smartphone functions.
The model also offers 60/40 slide-and-recline rear seat adjustment, attractive interior accents, adaptive cruise control, 360-degree camera system, etc.
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Powertrain
The attractive 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be available with several engine options depending on the market. The US-spec version will likely offer the 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo petrol as the only option. This engine has an aluminum block and head and also employs direct injection and variable valve timing. The US-spec power figures are yet to be reviled but we expect a modest power upgrade over the Old Continent claimed 161 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. This engine will come to the US with the continuously variable transmission and an optional electronically controlled all-wheel drive.
The manual and automatic gearbox will be available alongside the 2.2-liter turbodiesel in Europe. However, this combo won’t likely be available in the US.
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Arrival, Price
The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will soon go on sale in Europe but not before early 2018 in the US. The price is also the mystery as the release date. But the estimated value of the base version is around $22, 500.